Adapted from Bon Apetit, ~4 servings

Leche De Tigre

  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise

  • ½ small red onion, chopped

  • ½ cup bottled clam juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill.

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Pan Seared Flounder on Greens

3T sake
2T soy sauce
1T chile sesame seed oil
1T sesame seed oil
Juice of one lemon
1T rice vinegar
1t fish sauce
2T minced ginger
1T minced garlic
Salt to taste
Whisk until emulsified

Sauteed Greens:
1T sesame seed oil
1" ginger, coarsely chopped or finely sliced
1 shallot, finely sliced
1-2 cups spinach or other hearty green
1T sesame seeds

⅔lb Flounder, with salt and pepper (Serves two)

Prepare the sauce.

pan seared flounder
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Mustard-Crusted Branzino

For some reason, Bon Appetit recommends using a whole butterflied fish, but that just presents you with many small bones to deal with. This dish will be equally good with filets. Serves 2 and can easily be doubled.

2 branzini/ Mediterranean sea bass filets
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or fresh coarsely chopped breadcrumbs, preferably sourdough)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mustard Crusted Branzino
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Foxglove Chardonnay

Good, lightly oaked, balanced chardonnay; we had it at Firefly.

Poached Fish

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

Oil-poached fish
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More to follow. Maybe.

Sushi (crab rolls in the foreground)
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Lemon Skate

This was a meal we put together in Venice from what we found at the farmers market - and was one of the best meals we had in Italy.

  • 1 skate (3/4 lb)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bayleaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 leaves fresh sage
  • 4 tbsp lemon olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Fresh Pasta

Sautee the garlic, onion, and herbs until soft and beginning to caramelize. Remove and set aside, picking out stems from the herbs.

Simmer the skate in a bath of lemon-olive oil and lemon juice.

Skate, at the market
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Grilled Marlin with a lime-butter sauce

Blue Marlin steaks, salted and with lemon pepper. Spritz with lime juice a few minutes before grilling.

Lime caper butter sauce, per steak:

3 T butter
1/4 red onion or 1/2 shallot, chopped. Sub in garlic scapes for part of this.
1/4 cup white wine
2 limes, juiced
1 T capers, drained

Chili/lime powder for serving.

Sautee the onions/shallots in the butter while grilling the marlin. When soft, add the lime juice and wine, reduce by half and add in the capers, continue reducing until no liquid remains. Serve on top of the marlin with chili/lime powder.

Grilled Marlin, roasted cherry tomatoes and asparagus
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Leonard Kreusch Reisling Sekt

Available at Schneider's on Capitol Hill.

Crisp, lightly effervescent Riesling.

Falernia Pedro Ximenez

Tart, light, dry white, very similar to the Picopoul. Great for pasta and fish dishes.

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